I think if a guy wants to modify his own property within reasonable limits, that's his choice. Besides power there's a plethora of reasons to choose a bullet over other stronger bikes. It has a charm lacking in most other bikes available for the last 30+ years. To get the same kind of charm you need to look at other British bikes of a similar heritage. I'd love a Norton, or gold star, but for less, I've got a Fireball, and I don't feel bad about chopping it up and making it my own!Will be firing the fireball up in a day or two for the first time btw
I understand completely, Having taken the whole thing to bits this last week, I have seen for myself how fragile it is!What I see myself doing here though is replacing some of the less than seller Indian parts with those more akin to the original redditch ones (or better, in most cases)The design isn't inherently weak, it's just a handmade machine that's made to a standard befitting it's lower price bracket. I think we are lucky to be able to still buy a bike that hasn't changed much since the 50's. Though buying a brand new bike and modifying it heavily from the outset doesnt neccesary make sense. Mine was already 10 years old. I have just decided to fix some of the new Indian ideas I didn't agree with (i.e remove electric start) and embrace others like the 5 speed box and LH shift. I've also taken a metric tonne of iron away!And Ace, I'm looking forward to what you and Paul have come up with for this racer!Respect to all no matter how they want their steed to be
I'm confused..........a recent article on the UCE showed a rear wheel horsepower on the dyno of 18 horsepower. If you want more, why would you buy an RE in the first place???It is what it is....leave it alone and ride. . Two more horse won't get you there faster.
I think if a guy wants to modify his own property within reasonable limits, that's his choice. Besides power there's a plethora of reasons to choose a bullet over other stronger bikes. It has a charm lacking in most other bikes available for the last 30+ years. To get the same kind of charm you need to look at other British bikes of a similar heritage.
But I also see the Bullet as a fairly fragile bike, one that requires a lot of maintenance and needs to be ridden carefully to prevent it from breaking down. I mean, I've decided not to exceed 60 mph on mine.
And I also think there comes a point, when practically speaking , for OUR highways anyway. They're may just be going TOO light. Before you get blown all over the highway....
I've traded up from scooters so used to it a little. Nothing like riding over Sydney Harbour bridge on a windy day on a 110kg windsail with tiny wheels and getting pushed around in the lane ... Also, do you have a photo or a link for details of your machine?
The one exception is 2 strokes. I would love to have a '70s Kawasaki H2 triple.
Here you go......http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php?topic=16128.0